How many goals Arsenal have conceded because of a failed control or a misplaced pass in the first 25/30 meters? I remember two against Everton, two against United, one today against Soton, one against Swansea, one against Manchester City and one against Leicester.
I don’t know if this is a tactical problem or the players/plan studied by the manager to take the ball out of our third side deserve criticisms.
First of all, our CBs are in terrible form. Koscielny is tired and not fully focused (the achilles injury is knocking the door), Kolasinac and Bellerìn have the batteries at low levels, Monreal is suffering so much the body check with the other strikers, Mustafi - exactly like Koscielny - now is injured but as Lolo has made an huge mistake against United.
This is why I think our CBs are very poor and the manager underrated so much this problem. Mustafi and Koscielny have the same problem who Koscielny and Veramelen suffered: lack of stature and physical presence. In my humble opinion this problem forced the manager - but honestly I think the players decided that - to switch from the back 4 to the back three. Now the back three system doesn’t offer the same support than last season. The number e stats posted since the change of tactic were right: Arsenal started to perform because the players “recovered” the confidence. The defensive system was a false pretest to justify their failure until that moment.
Xhaka is another big problem. We paid over 40M for a player “sometimes maybe good, sometimes maybe shit” as Gattuso did in Greece during a press conference. It’s easy to scherme him and create problems to our build up. The opponents scherme Xhaka and force the CBs to pass the ball on the WBs, marked or hardly pressed by their players.
The third, and the most important problem, is the chilean cunt [we have this problem because the lack of balls of our manager to sell him and find a player great enough to accept to play for an Europe League team receiving a normal wage]. He plays for himself and not for the team. He moans the others but doesn’t judge himself when is toxic like today. I would like to see something different. I hope we will fix this problem as soon as possible, even in January. lost the count of how many passes he misplaced this season.
Talking about today, Giroud saved Arsenal from a deserved defeat. No one player on the pitch has been good enough to escape from the criticisms, including a manager who doesn’t see how that team is bad with this 3-4-2-1. Massive changes are needed.
My view to react:
- Back to the 4-2-3-1 / 4-3-3
- Players like Wilshere, Iwobi, Giroud, Debuchy, Chambers, Holding and Walcott deserve to be involved.
- Find three top players on the january transfer market [physical and technical CB + deeplying playmaker] + AS7’s replacement.